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MOSES LAKE - A Moses Lake man was sentenced to more than two years in prison for child molestation after communicating with an undercover detective posing as an underage boy online.

Jonathan Brockway, 34, pleaded guilty to child molestation in the second degree and communication with minor for immoral purposes. Brockway was initially charged with second-degree rape of a child but the charge was amended as part of a plea agreement.

A Grant County judge sentenced Brockway to 30 months in prison, followed by three years community custody.

A Washington State Patrol detective, as part of the state’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force, had created a fake account, posing as a 13-year-old boy on a popular social media dating site, and began communicating with Brockway in February.

The detective continued the conversation via text messages, where Brockway admitted to previously having sex with a 14-year-old boy. The conversations, which lasted five days, including descriptions of sex acts Brockway wanted to perform with the 13-year-old, according to court records.

Brockway later agreed to meet with the boy on Feb. 26 at Blue Heron Park but was instead met by police and was taken into custody.

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